What a wonderful elixir sunshine is.
I’ve written before about how much of a mood improver it can be for me. And while 2017 didn’t have the greatest summer, 2018 is already shaping up to be an amazing one! And it’s only May! 🙂
With warmer weather, I’ve been walking to the office more and sunbathing in the garden. I’ve also been getting back into Pokemon Go. A lot.
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but the developers Niantic have dramatically improved this game from what if used to be at launch. It loads quickly, plays smoothly, and monitors walking distance more accurately than before.
Best of all, the battery saver mode finally works properly. This means you can turn your phone upside down and put it in your pocket and it still tracks your walking (while saving battery power). This is great for when I’m walking through crowded areas and don’t want to keep looking at my phone. It’s also very useful for keeping the phone dry when it’s raining.
My favourite thing to do, however is battle in gyms. Now that I have some halfway decent Pokemon (meaning they’re reasonably powerful), I can attack enemy gyms or defend my own team’s gyms.
Both options yield experience or rewards of their own, but crucially gym battling is now fun.
Instead of a jittery clumsy mess of stabbing my phone screen and hoping to attack, the battle mechanics are now smooth and responsive enough to time attacks and dodges. I really had fun observing enemy Pokemon’s attacks and dodging them before counter attacking. I was also able to team up with my wife Elle so we could conquer a gym by defeating all the Pokemon there. We each left one of our own to guard it.
Gender stereotypes would dictate that the scary powerful Pokemon on the left is mine, and cute little Pokemon on the right is Elle’s. Alas, it’s the other way around XD I’m oddly proud of my wife’s progress in this game. She’s a much higher level player than I am right now 🙂
There are also quests to do now, incentivising me to play more in order to get various rewards. But the thing I really want to do is take part in raids. This involves several people meeting at a raid battle to attack a super powerful Pokemon. Elle has said she managed several of these on her own, so hopefully the two of us can team up for a raid soon.
In the meantime, I’ll keep walking my Pokemon to level them up while enjoying the glorious sunshine. May the great weather continue!
Thanks for reading, folks 🙂